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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
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The premise of this book - the slowing of the Earth's rotation and how that would affect our lives - is original and imaginative. The narrator is 11 year old Julia and the story is told in flashback. The jacket tells us that the author wrote the novel in the mornings before work. I can see this, because the beginning of the book seems repetitive - like she forgot she wrote that the day before. I found the story very bleak - reliving puberty with Julia is painful and rarely sweet, although I did like her. The writing is full of obvious foreshadowing - maybe an accurate depiction of how one would tell such a story years later. eg: "If we'd known then, what we know now, we'd have reacted differently ...." So, this novel was okay - I was compelled to keep reading to see how it would end or what would happen next, so I deem that a good thing. I find myself thinking ...wow - what if? What would I do? Real time or clock time? And, are people really that afraid of differences in their neighbours? I've always wanted more hours in a day...
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